1.4 lakh medicinal plant saplings distributed to farmers, households

Imphal: A total of 1.4 lakh medicinal plant saplings were distributed to households and farmers of Manipur under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav ‘Ayush Aapke Dwar’ in a function held in presence of chief minister N. Biren Singh at his secretariat, here, on Thursday.

Biren, highlighting the benefits of AYUSH medicine in curing various diseases and maintaining overall health, said there has been a tremendous increase in using AYUSH medicines and treatment in the last several years.

Different varieties of medicinal plants are found in the state. Such plants have great health benefits and have been used since time immemorial, he added.

He appreciated the initiatives and role of the AYUSH department during the pandemic. AYUSH-64 tablets were distributed to those Covid patients who are in home isolation, he added.

On the occasion, Biren distributed medicinal plant saplings to farmers and individuals.

He said agricultural and horticultural products of the state are of great demand outside the state as it has different taste, unique and higher nutritional value. The government is continuously helping the farmers to export their products outside the state, he added.

He said the government is putting in all its efforts for the welfare, better living and development of the state.

He applauded the support and cooperation of the people to the government in the last four and half years.

Churachandpur Medical College would be functional soon as the construction of a temporary campus nearing completion. A 30-bedded hospital at Singhat is ready for inauguration, said. He said he had personally requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for education for the up-gradation of the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (Regional Campus Manipur) to a full-fledged central university.

The chief minister appealed to the media fraternity to understand their role, responsibilities and maintain the ethics of journalism while reporting and publishing any sensitive issues which could hurt the sentiments of any community or group. Recalling the days when he was the President of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU), he said he had to deal with sensitive issues responsibly in the larger interest of the public and state.

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